How Have You “Received” Christ?
Receiving Christ is the theme of thousands of sermons and printed
tracts. Is this phrase in the Bible? Yes. John 1:12 speaks of those
who received Him. What does it mean? It is usually made to mean
taking Him as your personal Savior. But that may not be right.
Let’s look again. The Gospel of John was written over 50 years (AD
85) after Jesus died on the cross and rose again. Less than two
months after this resurrection, Peter told multiplied thousands of
believers to “Repent and be baptized for the remission of your
sins.” (Acts 2:38) That answer was the rule for the next several
centuries. Thirty years after Peter first announced it, Luke wrote it
down while composing his Book of Acts (AD 60). Clearly,
repentance and baptism of believers was the practice of the early
Now we have learned John’s definition for receiving Christ. Naturally
he wasn’t contradicting his fellow apostle Peter and the practice of
hundreds of thousands of Christians over a period of 50 years. To
them and to John, receiving Christ meant the repentance and
baptism of believers.
If you have yet to receive Christ in this Biblical way, be sure you are
willing to change your mind about sin (repentance). Then find
someone who will baptize you into Christ. Nothing less is
obedience to God. Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my